The Australian national football team reserved their place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, eliminating Peru 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw in the qualification playoffs. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for the World Cup.
Arriving with some promising talent, Tom Rogic was another in an increasing line of Australian players for Celtic of the Scottish Premier League. He had a fair reputation in his home country, but that was in a league where even old pro journeymen from European leagues have had success.
As an attacking player, he played at the top end of the midfield, and behind the strikers, which enable him to assist the attackers or take a chance at goal himself. He has pace and height, and a good brain. He is excellent round the box, although initially not one for the high press game.
To some people’s surprise, he was omitted from the Aussie World Cup squad for Brazil 2014 due to injury, but he hadn’t been impressing in any case. When he returned to Celtic in early 2015, Rogic was given a chance by manager Ronny Deila to impress again. He kicked on and slowly won over the support with many fine performances, finally showing the skills he had and paying off with goals and assists. He played 178 games for Celtic scoring 32 goals. For Australia, he played 53 games and scored 10 goals.
He was called to play for the 2018 World Cup team, but he failed to score. Mile Jedinak scored the only two goals for Australia, which returned home after picking up one point in the Group Stage, losing to France and Peru, and being kept to a 1-1 draw by Denmark. If you’re soccer betting online, you should fade Australia in every single game at the World Cup.
Australia’s two-match series against New Zealand in September is set to serve as a World Cup selection trial, with Socceroos coach Graham Arnold likely to field entirely different starting teams in both games.
Rogic’s saga remains unknown following his withdrawal from last month’s World Cup playoffs. He ended his affiliation with the club after nine years in the hoops. Now the playmaker is looking to perhaps join a club side in Asia, according to reports. He’s desperate to sort out his club football in order to make sure of his place on the plane heading to the World Cup later this year.
Signing for Manchester City in 2016, Aaron Mooy was immediately loaned to Huddersfield Town and helped the club gain promotion to the English Premier League. He signed with Huddersfield permanently in June 2017. In January 2020, Mooy was signed permanently by Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion before moving to Shanghai SIPG in China in August 2020.
The Socceroos’ midfielder linked up with former national team coach Ange Postecoglou at Celtic after the Scottish champions signed the 31-year-old on a free transfer, with a view to nailing down a place in the Socceroos squad for the World Cup in Qatar. The move will help Mooy get valuable game time ahead of the tournament in November.
Mooy turned down a host of offers from English championship clubs, including Norwich, Middlesbrough and Swansea. Mooy joins Celtic just after Rogic departed the club and he revealed his Australia teammate helped convince him to make the move. Mooy earned 52 international caps, scoring seven goals for his country. He played all three games in 2018 without finding the back of the net. He is not the player to include in your soccer picks and parlays.
Australia World Cup Expectations
The victory against Peru sees the Socceroos into a fifth consecutive World Cup, an incredible achievement given the country’s 32-year absence before John Aloisi sealed entry into the 2006 competition. However, Australia will face a rude awakening upon their arrival to Qatar, with an opening match against arguably the world’s best player and team in Kylian Mbappe and France.
Australia were drawn into Group D together with France, Denmark and Tunisia. The Socceroos’ squad is largely made up of domestic league players rather than footballers from Europe’s top leagues, a far cry from Australia’s decorated teams of the past.
We don’t expect them to earn points in the group stages. They are priced at +330 to qualify from their group with the latest soccer odds.